2015 Coco Poker Open

Championship: Kornuth and Dolan Gone; Final Table Set

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

John Dolan - 11th Place ($12,000)
John Dolan – 11th Place ($12,000)

We spoke too soon and lost two players in quick succession. First up was starting Day 3 chip leader Chance Kornuth, he had a tough time since the last break and took a shot with AdQh beore Andre Pillow called with 9s9c.

They were racing for Kornuth’s tournament but the dry board ran Jh6c2s4hJc to send him out in 12th place for $12,000.

A few seconds later and defending John Dolan was facing an all-in bet from Cord Garcia with the board reading KhQh7d4d. Dolan was the shorter of the two stacks and went into deep-thought mode. After a few minutes, Dolan called with Kc8d and in trouble against Garcia’s AdKs.

The 4d river ended the tournament for the 2014 Coco Poker Open Champion.

Tournament staff are redrawing for the final table ten.

Chance Kornuth - 12th Place ($12,000)
Chance Kornuth – 12th Place ($12,000)

Championship: Updated Counts

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

They slowed down long enough in Level 21 to grab a quick round of chips counts for the 12 remaining players. Jean “Prince” Gaspard is leading with Matt Affleck not far behind. No one is desperately short so we’ll see when they hit the brakes for good.

Table 1
Seat 1: Nathan Bjerno – 465,000 (29 bb)
Seat 2: Chance Kornuth – 460,000 (29 bb)
Seat 3: Empty
Seat 4: Empty
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 475,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Empty
Seat 7: Kevin Ho – 670,000 (42 bb)
Seat 8: Matt Affleck – 1,680,000 (105 bb)
Seat 9: Andre Pillow – 1,060,000 (66 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Jean Gaspard – 2,100,000 (131 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Laake – 680,000 ( 43 bb)
Seat 3: Empty
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 400,000 (25 bb)
Seat 5: James Brown – 1,500,000 (94 bb)
Seat 6: Empty
Seat 7: John Dolan – 335,000 (21 bb)
Seat 8: Ioannis Patsourakis – 340,000 (21 bb)
Seat 9: Empty

Championship: Fast Like Turbo

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

It’s tough to believe this pace can keep up but they are dropping almost faster than you can track. Bienvenido Santiago went out soon after they joined as two tables followed quickly by Jonathan Abla.

Before you could say “slow down”, Peter Walsworth was sent out and Hunter Cichy ran into a bad flop against Kevin Ho. He was all-in for his last 79,000 with Kc9c and Ho called with As2s. Cichy’s chances took a big hit on the Ts9s7s flop and he was drawing dead on the Ah river.

It’s also been a tough level for former leader Chance Kornuth. After a series of doubling up opponents, he’s down to 390,000 and one of the short stacks.

Bienvenido Santiago - 18th Place ($8,000)
Bienvenido Santiago – 18th Place ($8,000)
Jonathan Abla - 17th Place ($8,000)
Jonathan Abla – 17th Place ($8,000)
Peter Walsworth - 16th Place ($8,000)
Peter Walsworth – 16th Place ($8,000)
Hunter Cichy - 15th Place ($9,500)
Hunter Cichy – 15th Place ($9,500)
Richard Leger - 14th Place ($9,500)
Richard Leger – 14th Place ($9,500)
Javier Zarco - 13th Place ($9,500)
Javier Zarco – 13th Place ($9,500)

Championship: Two Table Lineup

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

Table 1
Seat 1: Nathan Bjerno
Seat 2: Chance Kornuth
Seat 3: Hunter Cichy
Seat 4: Jonathan Abla
Seat 5: Danny Notice
Seat 6: Javier Zarco
Seat 7: Kevin Ho
Seat 8: Matt Affleck
Seat 9: Andre Pillow

Table 3
Seat 1: Jean Gaspard
Seat 2: Michael Laake
Seat 3: Bienvenido Santiago
Seat 4: Cord Garcia
Seat 5: James Brown
Seat 6: Peter Walsworth
Seat 7: John Dolan
Seat 8: Ioannis Patsourakis
Seat 9: Richard Leger

Championship: Quick Exits; Down to Two Tables

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

Alberto Rodriguez (left) gets four flushed by Peter Walsworth (right)
Alberto Rodriguez (left) gets four flushed by Peter Walsworth (right)

With four quick exits, the Championship is down to the last two tables with no signs of slowing down. Shea Smith and Brandon Miller went out right after the break with Alberto Rodriguez following after a tough beat.

Peter Walsworth opened from early position and Rodriguez followed with a three-bet shove. Walsworth liked the price he was getting though he told Rodriguez “I’m not that strong”.

Walsworth needed to catch with QcTd to send Rodriguez out showing AsQs. The 6h5d2d was harmless but Walsworth added a flush draw on the 3d turn. The backdoor flush draw got there on the 9d river to send Rodriguez out in 20th.

They broke a table to get down to 18 remaining when T.K. Miles and Matt Affleck mixed it up. Affleck opened from  under the gun and Miles shipped from the big blind with Ac7c. Affleck called with AdTd and they both hit the Tc7s2c flop. They 4d turn and 2h river finished Miles off and staff broke the first table of the day.

Shea Smith - 22nd ($7,000)
Shea Smith – 22nd ($7,000)
Brandon Miller - 21st Place ($7,000)
Brandon Miller – 21st Place ($7,000)
Alberto Rodriguez - 20th Place ($7,000)
Alberto Rodriguez – 20th Place ($7,000)
T.K. Miles - 19th Place ($7,000)
T.K. Miles – 19th Place ($7,000)

Championship: Updated Break Time Counts

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

Table 1
Seat 1: Nathan Bjerno – 358,000 (30 bb)
Seat 2: Empty
Seat 3: Hunter Cichy – 182,000 (15 bb)
Seat 4: Jonathan Abla – 230,000 (19 bb)
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 141,000 (12 bb)
Seat 6: Empty
Seat 7: T.K. Miles – 210,000 (18 bb)
Seat 8: Matt Affleck – 1,450,000 (121 bb)
Seat 9: Andre Pillow – 520,000 (43 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Jean Gaspard – 980,000 (82 bb)
Seat 2: Brandon Miller – 92,000 (8 bb)
Seat 3: James Brown – 605,000 (50 bb)
Seat 4: Empty
Seat 5: Chance Kornuth – 1,100,000 (92 bb)
Seat 6: Bienvenido Santiago – 159,000 (13 bb)
Seat 7: Empty
Seat 8: Kevin Ho – 825,000 (69 bb)
Seat 9: Javier Zarco – 340,000 (28 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Shea Smith – 105,000 (9 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Laake – 420,000 (35 bb)
Seat 3: Alberto Rodriguez – 185,000 (15 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 315,000 (26 bb)
Seat 5: Empty
Seat 6: Peter Walsworth – 395,000 (33 bb)
Seat 7: John Dolan – 290,000 (24 bb)
Seat 8: Ioannis Patsourakis – 850,000 (71 bb)
Seat 9: Richard Leger – 310,000 (26 bb)

Championship: Hillock Wheeled Out

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante

Josh Hillock - 24th Place ($7,000)
Josh Hillock – 24th Place ($7,000)

Josh Hillock was in no immediate danger at the restart but Andre Pillow found an interesting to win a flip.

Hillock was all-in but ahead with JcJh against AhKc. The Qc5s4s flop missed Pillow but he added a gutshot wheel draw on the 3s turn. It completed when Pillow caught the 2c river to hit the wheel and send Hillock out in 24th.

Hillock: Eliminated in 24th
Pillow: 580,000

Championship: Three Quick KOs

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante

It took less than 30 minutes to send three players to the rail and it was three of the shorter stacks.

Scott Zakheim was the first knocked out, going out in 27th place when Richard Leger’s As8h won on the Kc7h4d6d8d board. While that was going down, John Depersio was gone from Table 1 with little fanfare.

The third bustout was Tristan Wade finding a short stack AxKx but ran it straight in the AcAh of Matt Affleck. It was a good run for those three but they each had to settle for a $7,000 payout.

Scott Zakheim - 27th Place ($7,000)
Scott Zakheim – 27th Place ($7,000)
John Depersio - 26th ($7,000)
John Depersio – 26th Place ($7,000)
Tristan Wade - 25th Place ($7,000)
Tristan Wade – 25th Place ($7,000)

Championship: Final Day Ready to Go

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante

Chance Kornuth upbagging a lot of chips
Chance Kornuth upbagging a lot of chips

The final 27 players are making their way into the Pavilion and unbagging their chips for the final day of the 2015 Coco Poker Open Championship.

Chance Kornuth leads the way as the only player with a seven-digit stack and is one of the most experienced in the Day 3 field. His career earnings are only surpassed by 2010 November Niner John Dolan with Kornuth’s first career WSOP cash earning him a bracelet in 2010.

Kornuth isn’t the only bracelet winner coming back today. Tristan Wade won his title in 2011 while Cord Garcia’s bracelet is only a few months old. He picked up a huge payday as the last player standing in this summer’s massive WSOP Colossus event.

Wade also holds a WSOP Circuit ring but John Holley tops everyone with his three rings. There are 13 rings combined among the final 27 with Jonathan Abla and Nathan Bjerno the only other multiple winners.

Today’s players have combined for more than $20 million in career earnings and someone will add another $264,000 to their personal bankroll when we are done. John Dolan was that man last year, he’s right in the middle of the pack and will have to do some work.

Table 1
Seat 1: John Holley – 244,000 (24 bb)
Seat 2: John Depersio – 135,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3: Hunter Cichy – 162,000 (16 bb)
Seat 4: Jonathan Abla – 365,000 (37 bb)
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 197,000 (20 bb)
Seat 6: Josh Hillock – 240,000 (24 bb)
Seat 7: Tristan Wade – 130,000 (13 bb)
Seat 8: Matt Affleck – 628,000 (63 bb)
Seat 9: Andre Pillow – 386,000 (39 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Jean Gaspard – 564,000 (56 bb)
Seat 2: Brandon Miller – 122,000 (12 bb)
Seat 3: James Brown – 468,000 (47 bb)
Seat 4: Nathan Bjerno – 366,000 (37 bb)
Seat 5: Chance Kornuth – 1,185,000 (119 bb)
Seat 6: Bienvenido Santiago – 223,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: T.K. Miles – 294,000 (29 bb)
Seat 8: Kevin Ho – 791,000 (79 bb)
Seat 9: Javier Zarco – 852,000 (85 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Shea Smith – 145,000 (15 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Laake – 560,000 (56 bb)
Seat 3: Alberto Rodriguez – 266,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 139,000 (14 bb)
Seat 5: Scott Zakheim – 102,000 (10 bb)
Seat 6: Peter Walsworth – 250,000 (25 bb)
Seat 7: John Dolan – 309,000 (31 bb)
Seat 8: Ioannis Patsourakis – 600,000 (60 bb)
Seat 9: Richard Leger – 529,000 (53 bb)

Remaining Payouts:

1st: $264,000
2nd: $155,000
3rd: $100,000
4th: $70,000
5th: $50,500
6th: $40,500
7th: $31,000
8th: $22,000
9th: $16,000
10th-12th: $12,000
13th-15th: $9,500
16th-18th: $8,000
19th-27th: $7,000

Championship: Day 2 Ends With Chance Kornuth Leading

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth

From the starting field of 410 entries, the final 135 players returned to the Pavilion today for the race to the money. Nine levels later, just 27 of them remain.

Chance Kornuth did the most work, finishing with 1,185,000 and the chip lead. He’s the only player with a seven-figure stack in the bag, and he’ll continue to set the pace when play resumes.

Here’s how the field will be laid out to begin Day 3:

Table 1
Seat 1: John Holley – 244,000 (24 bb)
Seat 2: John Depersio – 135,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3: Hunter Cichy – 162,000 (16 bb)
Seat 4: Jonathan Abla – 365,000 (37 bb)
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 197,000 (20 bb)
Seat 6: Josh Hillock – 240,000 (24 bb)
Seat 7: Tristan Wade – 130,000 (13 bb)
Seat 8: Matt Affleck – 628,000 (63 bb)
Seat 9: Andre Pillow – 386,000 (39 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Jean Gaspard – 564,000 (56 bb)
Seat 2: Brandon Miller – 122,000 (12 bb)
Seat 3: James Brown – 468,000 (47 bb)
Seat 4: Nathan Bjerno – 366,000 (37 bb)
Seat 5: Chance Kornuth – 1,185,000 (119 bb)
Seat 6: Bienvenido Santiago – 223,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: T.K. Miles – 294,000 (29 bb)
Seat 8: Kevin Ho – 791,000 (79 bb)
Seat 9: Javier Zarco – 852,000 (85 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Shea Smith – 145,000 (15 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Laake – 560,000 (56 bb)
Seat 3: Alberto Rodriguez – 266,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 139,000 (14 bb)
Seat 5: Scott Zakheim – 102,000 (10 bb)
Seat 6: Peter Walsworth – 250,000 (25 bb)
Seat 7: John Dolan – 309,000 (31 bb)
Seat 8: Ioannis Patsourakis – 600,000 (60 bb)
Seat 9: Richard Leger – 529,000 (53 bb)

Cards go in the air at 2:00 PM, and they’ll play until a winner is determined. Everyone left is guaranteed at least $7,000, while the eventual champion will earn $264,000 and the Coco Poker Open Championship trophy.

Championship: Results for 28th-45th Places

Here are the results for the in-the-money finishers so far:

28th: Niel Blumenfield – $6,000
29th: Scott Efron – $6,000
30th: Evan Teitelbaum – $6,000
31st: Yu Tuan – $6,000
32nd: Zachary Goodman – $6,000
33rd: Jerry Wong – $6,000
34th: Steven McKoy – $6,000
35th: David Barbieri – $6,000
36th: Harvey Freedman – $6,000
37th: Mohammed Jaafar – $5,000
38th: Cory Burbick – $5,000
39th: Chris Bolek – $5,000
40th: James Carroll – $5,000
41st: Alfonso Perez – $5,000
42nd: Roberto Barreto – $5,000
43rd: Hans Winzeler – $5,000
44th: Stewart Newman – $5,000
45th: Eric Becks – $5,000

Championship: Neil Blumenfield Crippled, Eliminated

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000 Ante

Michael Ortiz limps in from the button, Neil Blumenfield completes from the small blind, and James Brown checks his option in the big.

The flop comes KcTc8s, and it checks to Ortiz, who moves all in for about 90,000. Blumenfield calls with the covering stack, and Brown folds out of the way. Ortiz is at risk, and the news is not good.

Ortiz: Kd3d (top pair)
Blumenfield: Th8h (bottom two pair)

The turn and river come 5s and 5d, and Blumenfield’s two pair are counterfeited. Ortiz wins with kings up, doubling up and reducing his opponent to less than 40,000 chips.

Blumenfield is eliminated on the next hand, signaling the end of Day 2.

Michael Ortiz – 210,000
Neil Blumenfield – Eliminated

Championship: Tommy Vu Eliminated by Chance Kornuth

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000 Ante

Under the gun, Tommy Vu moves all in for about 180,000, and Chance Kornuth re-shoves from the button with his towering stack. When the blinds fold, the cards are turned up.

“I need to get lucky,” Vu says.

Vu: 8s8d
Kornuth: AcKd

The board runs out AdAs6hQd5h, and Kornuth wins the pot with trip aces.

Vu is out in 31st place.

Chance Kornuth – 1,250,000
Tommy Vu – Eliminated

Championship: Steven McKoy Eliminated by John Dolan

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000 Ante

John Dolan opens the pot from early position, and Steven McKoy three-bet shoves for about 125,000 in the big blind. Dolan calls with the covering stack.

Dolan: QsQc
McKoy: AdTd

The KdJc7s flop gives McKoy two more outs, and the Qh turn gives him the lead with Broadway. The river is the 7d, though, and Dolan fills up to win the pot.

McKoy is out in 33rd place.

John Dolan – 320,000 (40 bb)
Steven McKoy – Eliminated

Championship: Play Resumes

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000 Ante

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth

The purple T500 chips have been colored up and raced off, and the blue T25,000 chips are now in play. Cards are back in the air for the new level, and play will continue until 27 players remain.

There are currently five players with more than a half million chips, and one of them has a sizable chip lead over the field:

Chance Kornuth – 990,000 (124 bb)
Javier Zarco – 712,000 (89 bb)
Kevin Ho – 624,000 (78 bb)
Michael Laake – 550,000 (69 bb)
Scott Efron – 506,000 (63 bb)

Championship: Jason Mercier Eliminated on the Bubble

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 18: 3,000/6,000/1,000 Ante

Jason Mercier (Davie, FL)
Jason Mercier (Davie, FL)

Jason Mercier moves all in for 58,500 from late position, and T.K. Miles calls on the button. The action is held while the other tables finish up, and Mercier and Miles exchange information about their hands. Mercier doesn’t like the news he receives, and he begins packing up to leave.

“Hey, that’s bad luck,” Scott Efron admonishes from across the table.

Mercier just laughs. “It’s bad luck to have the hand I have against the hand he has,” he says. When the rest of the action is complete at the surrounding tables, the cards are turned over.

Mercier: AhQc
Miles: AsAc

The board runs out 8d4s4c5s7h, and Miles wins the pot with aces up. Mercier is eliminated on the bubble, and the 45 remaining players are all in the money.

T.K. Miles – 365,000 (61 bb)
Jason Mercier – Eliminated

Championship: Javier Zarco Advancing

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 17: 2,500/5,000/500 Ante

Javier Zarco opens to 12,000 in middle position, and Neil Blumenfield three-bets to 29,000. Zarco calls.

The flop comes 7d3d2d, and Zarco check-calls a continuation bet of 34,000. The turn is the Js. Zarco checks again, and Blumenfield checks behind.

The river is the 8h, and Zarco leads for 89,500. Blumenfield tanks and folds. The pot is pushed to Zarco, and he’s now nipping at the heals of the chip leader.

Javier Zarco – 390,000 (78 bb)
Neil Blumenfield – 410,000 (82 bb)

Championship: Play Resumes

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 17: 2,500/5,000/500 Ante

Neil Blumenfield (San Francisco, CA)
Neil Blumenfield (San Francisco, CA)

The players are back in their chairs, and the cards are back in the air. There are five players who’ve crossed the 300,000-chip mark:

Neil Blumenfield – 527,000 (105 bb)
Jean Gaspard – 381,500 (76 bb)
Matt Affleck – 363,500 (73 bb)
Scott Efron – 329,000 (66 bb)
Javier Zarco – 315,000 (63 bb)

Championship: Neil Blumenfield Hits a Half Million

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 16: 2,000/4,000/500 Ante

Neil Blumenfield opens to 10,500 in early position, and James Brown calls on the button. Both blinds call as well, and it’s four ways to the flop.

It comes Kc6d5c, and Blumenfield continues for 16,000. Brown calls, the blinds fold, and it’s heads up to the turn. It’s the Jd, and Blumenfield checks. Brown now takes leads the betting for 27,000, and Blumenfield calls. On the 8h river, Blumenfield check-calls another 35,000.

“One pair,” Brown announces.

Blumenfield shows QdQc, and Brown mucks.

That pot moves Blumenfield very close to the half-million-chip mark, and it looks like he’s ticked just above that milestone as he stacks the pot.

Neil Blumenfield – 510,000 (128 bb)
James Brown – 270,000 (68 bb)

Championship: Tristan Wade Takes From Aaron Mermelstein

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 16: 2,000/4,000/500 Ante

Aaron Mermelstein (middle position), Tristan Wade (hijack), and the player on the button check through a Js8d5d flop, and the turn brings the 8s. Mermelstein, who appears to have been the preflop aggressor, leads for 13,000. Wade calls, the button folds, and it’s heads up to the river.

It’s the Jd, and Mermelstein bets 22,000. Wade notices the reporter writing the hand, and he goes on the record as wanting to raise. He doesn’t though, instead electing to call.

“Just a flush,” Mermelstein says.

Wade has a flush too, and his AdKd is the better one, giving him the pot.

Tristan Wade – 280,000 (70 bb)
Aaron Mermelstein – 170,000 (43 bb)

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